Artistry, energy and ingenuity abound in this stylishly crafted Sambuca liqueur from entrepreneur Sandro Bottega. The basic principles Sandro holds fundamental are simple: creativity, quality and flavor are inextricably linked, discovery is a never-ending process and imaginative presentation is essential. Distilleria Bottega was founded nearly 40 years ago by master distiller Aldo Bottega, Sandro Bottega’s father. The company is headquartered in Castello Roganzuolo, about 30 miles from Venice, Italy the birthplace of grappa. The state-of-the-art distillery is located in Pianzano. In addition to grappa and liqueur, this energetic family’s ventures include production of wine, glassware, wine accessories, mineral water, olive oil and organic foods. VINIFICATION The essential oils produced from steam distillation of star anise seeds become Bottega Sambuca. This gives Sambuca a characteristic and persistent aniseed aroma.